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Can The Smell Of Gas Make You Sick
Get a new gas cap: Breathing petroleum fumes can definitely make you very sick. However, vehicles are generally very well ventilated and it is unlikely that these fumes will be getting into the passenger compartment. All the same, a new gas cap is a pretty cheap fix from your local parts store. ...Read more
My husband has a gas saw he keeps in the house soon as you walk in all you smell is gas and it's been this way for a week or more can I get sick?
Possible: Keep gas powered equipment outside of the living area. ...Read more
Infection? Dietary?: Since we don't digest the fiber we eat, intestinal bacteria will feed on it and make gas as a byproduct. Another reason could be lactose intolerance, in which one can't digest the lactose (milk sugar) she eats. Again, bacteria will feed on it. Drinking lactose-free milk and eating less fiber, should decrease gas. Intestinal infections, or using antibiotics, can also cause gas and loose stools. ...Read more
Nasal disease: If you are having this gas smell all the time and there is no such chemical in your environment, then you may have a disease in the area of smell fibers located in the front part of the brain and upper nasal passageway. Cacosmia is the name of this problem. If it persists you need to see a specialist such as an ENT or neurologist to have imaging studies to rule out more serious conditions. ...Read more
Bacterial metabolism: Certain foods are metabolized in different ways by the normal bacteria that live in your colon. This metabolism permits further processing of the food to give you additional nutrients. The bacteria release different organic acids based on the food and the species of bacteria. These acids are released as a gas and have distinctive odors. ...Read more
Various things: This can be with seen with change in diet or a food intolerance such as lactose intolerance. If there is accompanying foul smelling stools/diarrhea, then causes such as gluten sensitive enteropathy (celiac disease), irritable bowel syndrome, various infections of the GI tract, or IBD (Crohns and/or Ulcerative colitis) should be considered. This a relatively non-specific symptom. ...Read more
Dietary changes: Certain foods cause bad odors when passing gas. Eating a diet heavy in red meat is one example. Try cutting out one food at a time from your normal diet, for a week or so, and if you have no improvement, add it back in and cut out another food for a week. Be cautious and see our doctor immediately if you have corresponding changes in your stool. ...Read more
I have a gallbladder sludge and am wondering why am I passing so much gas? The smell is very foul!
Cholecystitis: Chronic cholecystitits or gallbladder sludge has symptoms of bloating, belching, pain after eating, gas, and right upper abdominal pain. Symptoms can be controlled with low fat diet and extra hydration. Gallbladder removal is a safe and effective surgery for this diagnosis. Okay to ask for a surgery consult. ...Read more
I eat grapenuts and it makes my gas smell exactly like a soiled baby's diaper. Could that healthy?
Probably: Its not so much the smell as the fact that more fiber in the diet usually leads to more gas... And that's good. You want to include more fiber in your diet. There are hundreds of health benefits to including more fiber including, weight loss, decreased colon cancer risk, increased heart health, etc. Still, there could be another cause of whjat you are noticing. See your md to discuss. ...Read more
I on the stove gas and forgot to off and has a smell for like one hour, will it destroy our insides and health?
Air out the house: If you're saying you left the gas stove on for an hour, thank your lucky stars no sparks or flames presented to ignite the natural gas. Just air out your house by opening windows and doors, and do not light any flames. I'd even turn my cell phone off for a while. There should be no long term contamination of your domicile. Good luck. ...Read more
I recently bought a new mattress. I let it off gas for a few days before putting sheets on, but it's still smells. Is it harmful to my health?
Odd chemical smell: It is recommended that the mattress be allowed to sit to expel that chemically gas vapor (takes weeks. Not days FYI). Current literature suggests no harmful effects from any fumes or vapors in these beds (to date). We just purchased one not long ago and encased ours in a mattress envelope (keeps out dust and whatnot). That helped tremendously. Rest easy and have a good nights sleep! ...Read more
Hard to fix: The odor from intestinal gas comes brom the breakdown of nutrients that you do not absorb, but feed various germs in your gut. They feed on the excess and create methane gas and other odors that depend on the germ and item consumed. Beano and Lactaid are two OTC products in the US that help some. Keep a food diary to see which ones make u gassy/then avoid them is a simple plan. ...Read more
Turned knob on stove, no flame. I was trying to turn on oven. Touched incorrect thing. Dull smell of gas in kitchen only for 2 mins. What do we do?
Turn off stove/oven: If you smell gas & you know that you turned on stove/oven, turn it off & open some windows. As long as smell dissipates, you're probably fine. But if smell persists or intensifies, then you'd best get out of house & call utilities company. Check out http://abc7ny. Com/archive/9465368/ for do's & don't's. ...Read more
Possible: Play detective as different people metabolize and process certain foods and drink differently. Alcohol such as beers are definitively known to cause some people to have foul sulfur like (rotten eggs) smelling flatulence. Wine may be your nemesis. After a while you will know your trigger foods and can avoid them. ...Read more
I started taking acidophilus probiotics a few days ago. Today I have horrible gas that smells...?
What else did U eat?: Feeling full of "gas" may reflect malabsorption of food (like gluten, lactose), intake of poorly digested food, or choosing foods known to promote gas (beans, fizzy drinks). Sometimes its more complicated--a stomach emptying too slowly, bacterial overgrowth syndrome, delayed intestinal function, partial obstruction from any cause, infection, rectum problems, and pelvic pathology outside the gut. ...Read more
I have very excessive foul smelling gas daily. Smells like propane gas. Stops me from applying for other jobs. Wat do you suggest?
Lactose intolerant: Look at the foods you are eating. Avoid gas producing veggies (like cabbage, broccoli, etc) and dairy products for a while and see if it helps. ...Read more
I been experiencing a smell for the last 6 months or so, sweet smell, there most of the time, my gas smells similar as well, does cancer smell?
It is not established, but it has been reported that dogs can smell some cancers. What you described is not likely to be related to cancer. It may be more of the nature of olfactory hallucination.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex. ...Read more
Baby, 8 weeks old. Hasn't had a dirty nappy for 6 days now, lost of wet nappies. He cries everytime he passes gas and it smells bad. What to do?
Doctor can examine: A baby less than two months old, and having unusual intestinal symptoms, should be examined by her pediatrician to see what is going on. It is hard to guess whether something mild or serious is the problem... when a patient is only 8 weeks old. An exam is usually needed. The fact that she is drinking and has "lots of wet nappies" is a good sign. ...Read more
Whenever I'm sitting down i'd have this small internal gas/fart but it won't come out however this is a slight odor that I can smell but fadesinseconds?
What causes your gas to suddenly smell? I have been eating better more fruits, vegetables, etc trying to watch my weight but have noticed a ten fold increase in the amount of gas and the smell associated with it seems to be very bad. Short of over the co
The: The gas you pass is manufactured by the bacteria that live in your colon when they consume food substances that are not completely absorbed in the small bowel. The gas is produced primarily from incompletely absorbed carbohydrates. The undigestible fiber found in the fruits and vegetables are a wonderful feast for the bacteria resulting in an increased production of gas. Interestingly, the type of gasses we pas are partly due to the very specific mixture of bacteria that populate each person's colon. This is different from person to person so that the same foods don't necessarily cause the same odor in different people. An increase in gas after a change in diet is not necessarily a sign of illness. You can test this by seeing if the gas subsides by going back to your prior diet. It is possible that the gas represents a more specific problem absorbing certain types of foods (one example is lactose intolerance); you should talk to your physician to make sure. ...Read more